Hardware News and Review RoundUP november 8 2012


Apple began removing DVD burners from portable computers, where weight and thinness are paramount — at least to Apple — years ago. But the new iMacs are the first ones without optical drives. I asked Schiller if that was a more difficult decision.

“While the server ecosystem for ARM is still in early days, and ARM’s success in server compute is far from certain, ARM’s proven success in low power/mobile platforms could potentially translate into some compelling performance/watt cost reductions for server compute beyond what is currently available from x86 – likely the motivation behind previously announced HP/Dell development efforts based on ARM-based CPUs from Calxeda,” wrote John Pitzer, an analyst from Credit Suisse.

“Messenger doesn’t seem like an appropriate communications platform for TVs or the firm’s Xbox console – but Skype does.” He also noted that the firm had opted to integrate Skype into its new Windows Phone 8 smartphone software, eclipsing the effort to integrate WLM into the message threads of the operating system’ previous version.

Nvidia Corp. has been criticized for poor support of Linux operating system and low performance under the OS. To fix the situation, Nvidia this week introduced new R310 driver, which doubles performance in certain video games and dramatically reduces game loading times for those gaming on the Linux operating system.

Review RoundUP

Cases: — Gigabyte Luxo M10Aerocool XPredator X1 Evil Black EditionAntec Three Hundred TwoThermaltake Overseer RX-I

CPU Coolers and Case Fans: — Swiftech G Lok-Seal Compression FittingsAlpenfohn Wasser CPU CoolerPhanteks PH-TC90LS CPU CoolerCooler Master Hyper 412 PWM and Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 CoolersCooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige

Video Cards: — MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power EditionHIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ X2Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Vapor-X

Input Devices: — SteelSeries Diablo 3 Peripherals

Memory: — G.Skill TridentX PC3-20800 8GB DCh KitCrucial Ballistix Elite DDR3-1866 8GB

Mainbords: — MSI Big Bang Z77 MPowerASRock Z77 OC FormulaASUS F2A85-M PRO

Mouse: — CM Storm SkorpionCM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse & Scorpion BungeeTt eSPORTS Level 10 M

Networking: — NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Modem Router

Laptops: — Dell Inspiron 14z

Processors: — AMD FX-8350, FX-8320, FX-6300, FX-4300

Power Supply: — Antec High Current Pro 1000WCorsair AX760iCorsair AX860iSeasonic G-Series 360W

Audio and Headsets: — Razer BlackShark Battlefield 3 Edition Headset

SSD: — Corsair Neutron GTX 240GBOCZ Vertex 4 vs. Corsair Force GSCorsair Neutron GTX 480GB

Storage: — Vantec NexStar MX External HDD EnclosureUSB 3.0 Flash Drive Roundup


~ by benchmarkstest on November 8, 2012.

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